Title: Ride Dirty
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders
Publisher: 1001 Dark Nights/Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Release Date: 3/13/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 125
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.
But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.
Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.
But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.
I loved this story so much! I hate that this is the final book in this series. I feel there are so many more stories to be told! Phoenix! Jagger! Maybe one day she’ll be able to circle back to them.
Caine McKannon is the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. He’s all about rules, and he NEVER lets anyone close to him. Safer that way for everyone. He had a traumatic childhood, and he’s never had anyone he could really count on until he met his brothers in the club. They all rely on him to do his job, but he never really relies on them. He never wants to burden them, so he remains quite the loner. Then one night, while running his circuit through town, checking on all the people that are under the Raven’s protection, he stumbles upon a mugging in progress, and he rescues the victim, Emma. He helps her and waits with her for the locksmith to get her back into her house. There’s an attraction there, but he thinks from the start that she’s too good for him. Neither of them are prepared for what the future holds for them.
Emma Kerry is a kindergarten teacher, and she is great with kids and animals. She has a tiny dog named Chewy, and she lives alone, near the school. She pretty much walks everywhere in town, including to work, so she is stunned when she gets mugged. She’s even more stunned when her hero ends up being a huge, tattooed, intimidating biker. But something about Caine draws her in, and she wants to know more about him. Emma has no family left, and she lives a pretty solitary life. Her two best friends are fellow teachers, but both are married, and one has a child, so they are only available to hang out every so often. When other vandalism and things start happening around her, they realize maybe this wasn’t just your typical mugging after all, and she needs protection. Caine is just the man for the job.
Caine and Emma had a slow burn chemistry that really came to life the more time they spent together. I loved watching them get to know each other, and become more comfortable with each other. Caine made Emma feel safe, but she wasn’t sure she could trust him with her heart. Caine felt Emma deserved better than him, and he was scared to let her too close. When they finally opened up to each other, it was beautiful.
The suspense plot was not super intricate, but I wouldn’t expect it to be in a novella this size. It was still exciting watching them figure out who was after Emma, and why. Caine had a lot of pain and secrets in his past, and watching him finally deal with his demons was painful. Especially the way in which he decided to reveal them to Emma. But I appreciated the realness it brought to Caine’s character and his struggles.
I loved getting glimpses of Dare & Haven and many of the other Ravens from the prior books. I’m really going to miss this awesome world the author has created, and all the amazing characters in it. I highly recommend this novella, and it made a great capper to the series.